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Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Program Code:GRA
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

Throughout the program, your studies will focus on the creative aspects of designing and producing effective graphic solutions and materials, including print, websites, epubs, apps, packaging, environmental and marketing campaigns for corporate, publishing, advertising and marketing clients.

You’ll learn the principles, materials and skills necessary to bring a design problem to a logical solution. In your first year, you’ll concentrate on developing your understanding of design fundamentals. Your second and third years will provide you with the opportunity to apply these principles to a variety of design problems. In your third year, you’ll produce campaign materials and a portfolio and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a field placement.

Note: This program is recommended for students interested in working as a designer within the communications industry.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Additional Requirements

  • Drawing test.
  • Portfolio (8 1/2 x 11 photocopies) of 3 of your art samples:
    • Include a typed rationale (50-100 words) for each sample that explains how the sample best reflects your creative talent.

Applicant Selection

  • Applicants will be invited to attend an orientation where they will complete the Pre-Admissions English test and drawing test, and submit a portfolio
  • Applicants are ranked based on the strength of their portfolio and drawing test in addition to the English test.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.

If you are applying to this program for Fall 2015:

  • Applicants who have completed English Grade 12 C or U with an acceptable grade will be exempt from the $55 pre-admissions test.
  • Applicants who are enrolled in a Grade 12 C or U course and who achieved an acceptable grade 11 mark are also exempt.
  • Mature applicants who have not submitted transcripts will be advised of where and how to book the pre-admission test.

All applicants will still be required to attend a program orientation and complete a program-related assignment. Orientation dates and locations will be mailed.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • Any art and/or computer graphics credit


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Your Career

The world of art and design is calling. With the Graphic Design advanced diploma program, you’ll turn your passion for design into a career in the visual communications industry. In three years you could enjoy a creative and challenging career as a graphic designer, web designer, in-house designer for a corporation, advertising art director, interactive designer or print production.


  • Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC)
  • Designer’s Accord
  • International Council of Communication Design (ICOGRADA)
  • The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD)

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Algoma University• Bachelor of Arts in a related field
Wilfrid Laurier University• Honours Bachelor of Arts


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies
Concordia University• Bachelor of Fine Arts
Royal Roads University• Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University at Buffalo• Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art or Bachelor of Fine Arts


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of Gloucestershire• BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Visual Communication
Griffith University• Bachelor of Digital Media
• Bachelor of Design

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
GRA120 Software Training I 3
GRA130 Typography I 3
GRA160 Colour Theory 3
GRA171 Design Thinking I 3
GRA180 Drawing 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
GRA210 Graphic Design I 3
GRA220 Software Training II 3
GRA230 Typography II 3
GRA242 Design History 3
GRA266 Photography and Video 3
GRA271 Design Thinking II 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC394 Effective Business Writing 3
GRA310 Graphic Design II 3
GRA320 Software Training III 3
GRA330 Typography III 3
GRA350 Design Production I 3
GRA361 Web Software I 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
GRA410 Graphic Design III 3
GRA412 Branding Design 3
GRA430 Information Design 3
GRA461 Web Software II 3
GRA462 Interactive Design I 3
GRA491 Marketing Strategies 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
GRA510 Graphic Design IV 3
GRA512 Marketing Design 3
GRA562 Interactive Design II 3
GRA570 Portfolio Preparation 4
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
GRA610 Graphic Design V 6
GRA612 Current and Future Trends 6
GRA692 Business of Design 4
GRA691 Professional Practices 4
FPL600 or
Field Placement or
In-Studio Practicum

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Software Training I
Typography I
Colour Theory
Design Thinking I
Semester 2
Graphic Design I
Software Training II
Typography II
Design History
Photography and Video
Design Thinking II
General Education Option
Semester 3
Effective Business Writing
Graphic Design II
Software Training III
Typography III
Design Production I
Web Software I
General Education Option
Semester 4
Graphic Design III
Branding Design
Information Design
Web Software II
Interactive Design I
Marketing Strategies
General Education Option
Semester 5
Graphic Design IV
Marketing Design
Interactive Design II
Portfolio Preparation
Semester 6
Graphic Design V
Current and Future Trends
Business of Design
Professional Practices
Field Placement or
In-Studio Practicum

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Thomas Hein
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22380
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sharina Khan
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33008
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Kinmond Smith
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33172
Program Coordinator: Lauretta Wood
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33404
Program Chair: Mark Jones
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33488
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